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Is your air ventilation spreading COVID-19?

Date Posted: 24.07.20
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With companies returning to work, just maintaining social distancing will not be so effective with coronavirus. The air your employees and co-worker’s breath-in could be surrounded by COVID-19 particles. Therefore, other precautions need to be taken, such as appropriate air ventilation and extractor fans and ensuring that they are kept clean and well maintained. 

Why is appropriate air ventilation vital?

  • It creates airflow through rooms and buildings
  • It prevents moisture and mould build-up
  • It filters the old air and creates clean air
  • It gets rid of unwanted smells
  • Poor ventilation can affect your health
  • It controls the temperature in the room
  • It maintains viruses so they do not linger in the air around you

COVID-19 is one of these viruses that can linger in the air. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, it’s been found that the virus COVID-19 can stay in the air for three hours. Therefore, ventilation methods need to be put in place in order for these viruses to be filtered and removed from certain areas. However, outside in the open air, the particles from COVID-19 do not cause a threat as they are not in a confined space and can spread out. This is why ventilation inside is vital with viruses and germs. Simple ventilation like opening windows and keeping doors open can drastically prevent the spread and if the rooms do not have any of these, extractor fans are just as effective.

Extractor fans and ventilation allow the air to flow through while filtering and creating cleaner air. With this much flow of air, it is vital for extractor fans to be cleaned on a regular basis so that germs and viruses are not being put back into the air. Although this seems like a normal thing to do, it is very easily forgotten about as they are normally high up on the wall, above doors or in the ceiling and are easily missed.

What can be done to keep your ventilation systems and extractor fans clean?

As mentioned, it can be very easy for your in-house cleaners or outsourced cleaning teams to miss extractor fans and ventilation vents as they are often high up and out of your cleaners line of sight. This can lead to them having large build-ups of dirt and dust – making them less effective at removing foul smells, excess moisture and make them spreaders of airborne mould spores and viruses.

If you have an in-house cleaning team, provide them with refresher training which includes the cleaning of air ventilation vents and extractor fans. This will make it easier for them remember to clean them as it will be part of their regular cleaning routine.

If you have an outsourced cleaning team, ask if the cleaning of your air vents and extractor fans are part of their cleaners normal routine.

However, if you feel that your cleaning teams are failing to keep your vents and extractor fans clean and keep you, your staff and customers safe from airborne viruses like the Coronavirus then it may be worth speaking to us.

Here at A&R cleaning services, we make sure that little details like extractor fans are not missed and are cleaned to the correct standard. We take pride in knowing that our cleaners are extremely thorough, and everything is cleaned to the best standard. We use several superior viricidal products which kill 99.99% of viruses including COVID-19. We also use a colour coding system to prevent cross-contamination so that the build-up of dirt is removed, germs are killed and not spread to different areas within your office or building.

For more information about how our commercial cleaning services can help protect your office or building from COVID-19 and how we can improve your cleaning, please visit our website or give us a call on 01656 713950.

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